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SFC Literary Prize

$50,000 for a 3rd to 5th
published work of fiction

David Vann's novel, Dirt, is the winner of the third St. Francis College Literary Prize

Vann beat out the other four writers on the 2013 Short List (Read the full release):

  • Carry the One (Simon & Schuster), by Carol Anshaw
  • The Middlesteins (Grand Central Publishing), by Jami Attenberg
  • Mule (Mariner Books), by Tony D'Souza
  • The Right-Hand Shore (Picador), by Christopher Tilghman

The winner was announced the night before the Brooklyn Book Festival at the opening gala on September 21. The next day, Vann, along with Anshaw and Attenberg kicked off the Book Festival discussing their work at a panel moderated by Jury Prize Member Peter Cameron.

2013 Jury
  • Jonathan Dee (The Privileges; Palladio)
  • Kate Christensen (The Great Man; Trouble)
  • Peter Cameron (Andorra, The Weekend, The City of Your Final Destination, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, and Coral Glynn)
About the Literary Prize

The biannual $50,000 Literary Prize is sponsored by St. Francis College to offer its support and encouragement to the literary community and mid-career authors who have recently published their 3rd to 5th work of fiction.

  • Self-published books and English translations are considered. 
  • The current Prize is for work published between June 2011 and May 2013.
A kick off event to formally open submission featuring Literary Prize Winner Jonathan Dee reading from his book, The Privileges and Jury Member Darcey Steinke was held October 25.

Prize submissions open: October 25, 2012
Deadline for prize submissions: May 1, 2013. 
Shortlist announced: August 15, 2013
Winner awarded: Brooklyn Book Festival Gala, September 21, 2013.  

To enter, please submit 5 copies of the work to:

SFC Literary Prize
St. Francis College
180 Remsen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Questions?: thoulihan@sfc.edu

Past Winners

2013: David Vann, Dirt
(Jury: Peter Cameron, Jonathan Dee,Kate Christensen)

2011: Jonathan Dee, The Privileges
(Jury: Rick Moody, Darcey Steinke, Francine Prose)

2009: Aleksandar Hemon, Love and Obstacles
(Jury: Heidi Julavits, Jonathan Lethem, Michael Chabon, Ayelet Waldman, Ben Marcus


2013 Literary Prize Short List Panel


Reading From Love and Obstacles

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